We were browsing in one of the used book stores near our apartment in Budapest (I got a neat atlas from the 50s) when an elderly, scruffy man came in trying to sell two very old books to the store owner. The owner said he couldn’t take them and when I looked at them he said they were religious (“theology”) but neither person’s English allowed anymore than that.

czech book 1

I ended up buying one of them from the old man as I couldn’t resist — books are a passion of mine. I have no idea what it is exactly but it’s leather bound with metal clasps. The date is 1849 and it is from Hungary.

czech book 2

If anyone speaks Hungarian or has insights into what this is I’d love to hear from you.

Czech book